[isf-wifidog] Multiple SSIDs

wlanmac wlan at mac.com
Ven 20 Juin 01:28:36 EDT 2008


I'm wondering if you really need to replace all your cisco gear. You are
already sending your publilc VLANs through a monowall, why not just swap
that out with wifidog instead? Are your cisco waps doing multiple SSIDs?
If your corporate network is stable on the cisco waps, it may not be
wise to disrupt that for the public network, imho. 

The last I checked, multiple SSIDs is not a (working) feature of the
broadcom drivers. You might be better off with kamikaze on atheros. In
fact, the open-mesh.com devices and/or firmware might be good for you...
though, they don't yet support an 802.1x private network configurations
(only WPA/PSK). They do, however, allow you to pick a hotspot 'service
provider' for your public network and the ability to configure it for
your own RADIUS and portal is coming soon, I hear. 

Hope this helps,

On Thu, 2008-06-19 at 17:11 -0500, Matthew Kitchin (Usenet/Lists) wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm trying to see if Wifidog can do what I need. I have 150 location around
> the US. They currently have high Cisco waps. Their main function is for
> traveling employees laptops that authenticate with WPA/Radius. These users
> connect back to our corporate office over frame relay/MPLS. We have begun
> rolling out guest internet access. This has to go out a local DSL or Cable
> modem to avid impacting WAN based business applications. We have rolled out
> a few with a Monowall VMware appliance running on a local machine, but it
> has not proven to be reliable and is rather cumbersome to setup.
> After looking around and testing, I am now on the openwrt/WRT54GL bandwagon.
> I'm blown away by the number of features I get for the price compared to the
> high end Cisco waps we have been buying. As for the guest internet, we
> simply want the captive portal feature that requires the user to enter a
> code. We simply want to stop drive by surfers, Nothing more complicated. Our
> users are not even remotely computer savvy. They likely wouldn't have email
> addresses. It looks like I can accomplish what I need with "Password of the
> day".
> Now for the fun part. I'm so impressed with this setup, I want to consider
> doing away with the high end Cisco waps all together. I'm not sure if this
> is completely a Wifidog question, but it seemed like a good place to start.
> With the Cisco wap, I have 2 SSIDs. blah and blah-guest. blah is or non
> broadcasting corporate SSID and blah-guest is the SSID on a different VLAN
> that goes to the monowall captive portal. Is it possible to accomplish this
> with WRT54GL/openwrt/Wifidog? Can I tell Wifidog to 'ignore' one SSID so I
> can completely configure it within openwrt, and to have the Wifidog captive
> portal work on the guest SSID?
> This looks like a great setup, and I plan on using it no matter what. It
> would just be great to run it all on one device. I don't like the idea of
> putting 2 waps right next to each other.
> Any tips or advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Matthew Kitchin 
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